March 2015

Reply to APA statement about Kempton Park

Reply to APA statement about Kempton Park

As announced by the member Societies and the FBH in February, the FBH Kempton Park Breeders’ Meeting will not take place at the racecourse this year as the management of the venue has decided to decline the booking.

This week the APA (Animal Protection Agency) have issued a statement which suggests this is their victory.

While it is reasonable to assume that, after 5 successive years of intense pressure from these animal rights extremists, Kempton Park management have this year chosen not to put their venue and staff through this stress, Kempton Park have made no mention of any APA pressure in making their decision.

The APA also made comments regarding maltreatment of animals which were untrue as

  • The event is overseen by an independent Animal Welfare Inspector, Tim Wass MBE former Chief Officer of the RSPCA (retired).
  • Two independent qualified vets were also present throughout the day.
  • The Council inspected (under the requirements of the Pet Animals Act & Animal Welfare Act) and confirmed no problems were found and have also given written confirmation that they could find no evidence of illegal activity.
  • HMRC were present with their display and went around viewing the animals and talking to traders.
  • Thousands of hobbyists who are themselves experienced in the care and handling of these animals also visited the event.
  • The FBH has enjoyed five great years holding this event at Kempton Park and we wish them well with other animal shows held at the venue.

    March 2015

     

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